Posted by|29 September 2014
It’s time for a pizza party…
I have been gluten-free for just about a year now. The thing I miss most? Pizza! I used to love bringing home dough from my local co-op and rolling it out with my nieces and nephews for a personal pizza party. Once I had to give up the gluten, I wasn’t exactly motivated to figure out how to make a gluten-free dough that would satisfy my pizza urges. In the past year, I have only had pizza a handful of times, and it was rather expensive when I did – so I set out to finally make some gluten-free pizza bread myself!
This dough is not your normal dough. It’s a twist on a regular gluten-free pizza dough recipe and is easily enjoyed, even by our gluten-loving friends. The mesquite powder (find it here) and teff flour combine to make a subtle sweetness with a soft and chewy texture. Mesquite powder is made from a legume that has long been a staple food of indigenous cultures in the Americas, making it a great wheat-free option for baking. This dough can easily hold up to toppings and is tasty on its own.
It wasn’t an easy task to find a gluten-free flour blend I could stand behind. The recipe below is one I’m very happy with and should work fine as a replacement in your other baking recipes, just add a tsp or two of organic psyllium husk powder or organic guar gum per cup of the Gluten-Free Flour Base.
Gluten-Free Flour Base
- 4 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup organic white rice flour
- 1 2/3 cups organic brown rice flour
- 1 1/3 cups organic potato starch
- 3/4 cup organic Arrowroot Powder
- 1/4 cup organic teff flour
This should be enough flour blend to make 2 (almost 3) of the recipe below.
Mesquite Pizza Dough Recipe
- Using a stick or paddle blender, combine flour mix, mesquite powder, almond flour, psyllium husk powder, baking soda, salt, and yeast. Add in (while mixer is running on low if possible) warm water and oil. Turn to medium speed and mix for about 6 minutes or until everything is well combined and mixture resembles a thick batter.
- Remove bowl from mixer (remove lid if necessary) and cover with plastic wrap, let sit for about an hour and a half.
- Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper/oil. Using a spatula with olive oil, or hands and olive oil, spread dough out to roughly 11 to 12 inch wide circle, leaving a thicker crust at the edge. If’ it’s easier, you can place a piece of plastic wrap on top of dough to help smooth it out.
- Place prepped crusts on middle or lower racks and cook for 45-50 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool.
- Top and bake for 10-12 minutes on middle or top rack at 500 degrees. Slice and enjoy!
Vegan Cashew Cheese
Ohhhh for the love of cheese! How I miss cheese! I discovered this delicious cashew “cheese” alternative while dining out for pizza one evening. It is SO easy to make!
Soak nuts in water overnight, rinse thoroughly, and strain. Place in food processor with 3 cloves of garlic, salt, and olive oil. Blend on high for about 3 minutes or until super smooth and chunk free! Add more oil if you would like, and spices if you so desire!
Herb Spiced Pizza Sauce
When I made this pizza recipe, tomatoes were pouring out of everyone’s ears here in Oregon. If they are not in season in your area, don’t feel bad about grabbing a can of organic tomatoes in a can.
- 10 organic fresh Roma tomatoes (or one can organic tomatos, strained)
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 organic sugar
- 1 Tbsp organic white vinegar
- 2 tsp fine Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp dried organic Basil Leaves
- 1 tsp organic Oregano Powder
- 1 tsp organic Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp organic Onion Powder
- 1 tsp organic Black Ground Peppercorn
- 1/2 tsp organic Cayenne Powder
Dice tomatoes and place in deep cast iron skillet. Add water, olive oil, and spices. Cook on medium to medium low for one to two hours. Use mashers to break down tomatoes. After most of the water has dissolved, turn off and let cool. Place in blender (if you desire) and blend up to a smooth consistency. I sometimes like to leave it chunky too! It’s up to you!
Spicy Pizza Sprinkle
Mix ingredients together and place in a shaker container to sprinkle on top of your pizza!
Enjoy the party!
Posted by|28 September 2014
The rains are back! At least, here in Oregon, our beloved fall is kicking off with some delightful cloudbursts and puddles for tromping through! Rainy days call for tasty, savory, deeply-flavored tea, and the inspiration for this recipe is taken right from the sky!
Rainy Day Chai
2 Tablespoons organic Firefly Chai tea
1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf
1 teaspoon organic roasted Cocao Nibs
1 dropper (or more, to taste) organic Lemon Balm extract/tincture
Combine the Firefly Chai, Nettle, and Cocao Nibs in a tea infuser, strainer or bag. Pour 2 – 2 1/2 cups boiling water over and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Add 1 dropper of Lemon Balm extract or tincture and stir to combine. Feel free to add a little milk, soy, and/or honey to taste. Enjoy!
Posted by|26 September 2014
One of our favorite spice grinders is now available in a new mini size!
Standing about 4 3/4″ tall, these grinders have a smaller diameter than their original counterparts, which makes them a little more comfortable for petite hands to utilize.
You can enjoy fresh ground spices, salt, peppercorns, flax seeds, herbs, blends, gomasio, and more with one easy twist of these stylish glass vase shaped spice grinders. Each grinder comes equipped with an easy to clean adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism and is designed with the grinder on top to keep your counters clean.
These grinders are now available in both the original and mini sizes in black or red.
Posted by|25 September 2014
As much as we love the sunshine and long days of summertime, we are feeling so relieved by our first rain and the fall fruit around us, like the Rosehips pictured above. While the plants begin to brown and leaves begin to fall, we ponder recipes and projects for the future months spent indoors.
What are you planning to make this fall?
Posted by|24 September 2014
Our new catalog for Autumn 2014/Winter 2015 has arrived!
As cool weather draws us near the hearth, we’re crafting gifts for the holidays, baking treats, and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’ve filled these pages with new recipes like vegan gluten-free White Chocolate Coconut Bark, Rosemary Mint Elixir, and Herb Roasted Chickpeas, as well as unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, and new products.
As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here!
Want a FREE copy all for yourself?
Posted by|23 September 2014
Wow…you folks are the best.
It was such a sweet surprise to find that we had reached 250,000 likes on Facebook today. We can’t quite express the deep gratitude we feel for the amazing support you’ve given us over the years. To celebrate our big milestone, we’re giving away an organic spice rack, just in time for your fall harvest feasts!
Visit us over on Facebook to find out how to enter to win this amazing collection of Epicurean Organics seasoning blends, salts, peppercorns, and whole vanilla beans !
The winner will be announced on October 1st!
Posted by|21 September 2014
The garden harvest is waning. While there are still some pumpkins, winter squashes, and tomatoes producing, the rest of the garden is drying up and putting energy into producing seeds. The fruit trees in our back yard are laden with apples, figs, and persimmons, and soon will start losing their browning leaves. There’s a little bit of sadness in the harvest season, but there’s also satisfaction in the abundance of another growing season. This morning’s tea recipe celebrates some of the flavors and nutrients grown and harvested in gardens all over!
1 teaspoon organic Alfalfa Leaf
1 teaspoon organic Artichoke Leaf
1 teaspoon organic Barberries
1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf
1 teaspoon organic Sunflower Petals
1 teaspoon organic Hyssop
Place all the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, strainer, or bag. Pour 1-2 cups boiling water over and let steep for 3-4 minutes. Feel free to add honey, lemon or other ingredients as desired (this is not a very sweet tea.) Relax and enjoy!
Posted by|19 September 2014
This almost colorless essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the sacred Palo Santo tree. It has a tenacious, sweetly woody, citrus aroma with a sharp resinous back note that is both complex and uplifting.
Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America – to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. This uniquely aromatic oil is quickly gaining popularity in the aromatherapy and perfumery worlds. This grounding oil is prized for its spiritual applications, and adds a lovely rounding note to essential oil blends.
The Palo Santo essential oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is distilled from sustainably cultivated wood that comes from a 50 acre farm in Ecuador with both naturally occurring and replanted Palo Santo. They have replanted over 5000 Palo Santo trees on the land so far to ensure adequate supply for the future.
Learn more about the amazing oil HERE!
Posted by|18 September 2014
We had so much fun at the Mother Earth News Fair last weekend! It was wonderful to connect with our Pennsylvania customers and to meet some new faces! Hannah Kincaid, Assistant Editor at Mother Earth News, captured this sweet moment at our booth when Mason and Kori had a heartwarming chat about the fancy dress this little festival goer was wearing. She was so proud that her mom made it just for her!
We will have more photos from the event to share soon!
Posted by|15 September 2014
We have a tendency to take our feet for granted—and yet, our feet get us everywhere we need to go each day! If you’ve spent a summer running barefoot or wrestle with dry, cracked feet, a regime of herbal self-care may be just what’s needed.
For those of us who wear work boots, or spend all day standing, our feet may get especially sore or develop a bit of an odor. Fortunately, a little extra tending can help combat both of those challenges! These recipes are suitable for everyday use, or as a special occasional pampering. Feel free to experiment and use the herbs, essential oils, and carrier oils you like best!
The perfect pampering pedicure:
Step 1: Get started by using a pumice stone to remove dry, loose skin.
Step 2: Next, it’s time for a foot soak! Adapt your soak to suit your needs.
Rejuvenating Foot Soak
Fill tub or basin with warm water and add above ingredients. Mix well and soak feet for 15-20 minutes.
Deodorizing Foot Soak
Fill tub or basin with warm water and add above ingredients. Mix well and soak feet for 15-20 minutes.
Herb Blend for Happy Feet
Add equal parts of the following herbs to a bowl and combine well. (I used 2 Tablespoons of each) Scoop mixture into cotton muslin bags and use as an addition to the foot soaks above, or on their own as an herbal foot soak in warm water.
Step 3: Apply the following foot scrub to feet, rubbing well, and then rinse off in the soaking water:
Cleansing Foot Scrub
Mix all ingredients in a ceramic or glass bowl, using a wooden spoon to combine. Add enough water to make a paste. Rub well all over feet. Rinse.
Step 4: Dry feet well, making sure to get between toes. Spritz feet with organic Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Calendula, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, or Peppermint Hydrosol.
Step 5: This is the time to trim toenails or tend to extra cleaning in and around toes and toenails. Trim toenails to fit the shape of the toe and file for extra smoothness.
Step 6: Rub Healing Foot Salve into feet or lotion of choice. You can even finish with a simple moisturizing application of organic Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.
Moisturizing Foot Salve
½ cup organic Sweet Almond Oil
½ cup organic Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Beeswax
20 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Bergamot Mint essential oil
Optional: organic Roman Chamomile essential oil, organic Lemon Balm essential oil
In a Pyrex bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, add oils and beeswax. Heat over boiling water until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Pour into tins or jars. This recipe makes 10 ounces of salve, enough to fill two 4-ounce tins and one 2-ounce tin. Let cool until solid (this will only take an hour or so.)
I like to put on cotton socks after slathering my feet with this salve and it doesn’t have to be used only after a foot soak. Rubbing it on your feet in the morning after a shower or prior to going to bed are both great ways to add moisture to overworked feet on a daily basis. Feel free to try different oil combinations or essential oils to suit your personal likes and needs.
Soothing Foot Powder
¼ cup French Green or White Cosmetic Clay
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Arrowroot Powder or cornstarch
¼ cup Marshmallow Root Powder
10 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
10 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
Combine all ingredients well and put into a powder container (or keep in a box or tin and use a brush or powder puff.) Sprinkle on feet or in shoes to absorb moisture and soothe hard-working feet.
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Posted by|14 September 2014
The seasons are changing! While the daytime temperatures here in Oregon are still toasty warm, the evenings are getting cooler and the leaves are just starting to come fluttering down here and there. As much as I hate to see summer go, I admit my thoughts are turning to the tastes and adventures of the coming Autumn. Since I consider these few weeks in September to be a bit of a transition, I think our organic Orange Spice Tea blend is an ideal “bridge” into the cooler months.
I’m not quite ready to give up the cool citrus flavors of summer, but a the cinnamon and cloves in this delicious black tea blend are warm harbingers of the coming Fall. This Ceylon Tea is best served hot and adding a little bit of raw honey, stirred in after steeping, makes it just the right amount of sweet!
Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of Orange Spice Tea to a strainer, infuser or tea bag and pour 1 – 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. The longer black tea steeps, the more bitter it can become so, depending on how strong you like your tea, steep accordingly! Add honey to taste (and milk, if you’d like.) Sit back, sip, and enjoy the first fluttering leaves of fall!
Posted by|12 September 2014
This bright and uplifting essential oil blend is the perfect aroma to carry a little bit of summer into fall! Fresh citrus and a hint of floral sweetness will leave you smiling as you enjoy this light and lively scent combination as a body spray, room deodorizer, perfume oil, or diffuser blend. Have fun and be creative!
Feeling inspired to mix it up?
For the next 2 weeks, we are offering the essential oils in this recipe (select sizes) at 35% off! Now is the time to stock up on Jasmine Absolute, organic Lemon, organic Lavender, and organic Combava essential oils!